The 2012 Academy Awards are only a few hours away. The Oscars are the premiere awards for films made anywhere in the world.

In the continuing build-up to the Oscars, let us look at the British nominees for the year...

Best Actor in a Leading Role - Gary Oldman for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

Best Writing - Peter Straughan and Bridget O'Connor for "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

Best Actor in a Supporting Role - Kenneth Branagh for "My Week with Marilyn"

Best Actress in a Supporting Role - Janet McTeer for "Albert Nobbs"

Best Picture - Graham King (Producer) for "Hugo"

Best Make-Up - Amanda Knight, Lisa Tomblin and Nick Dudman for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

Best Visual Effects - Tim Burke, David Vickery, Greg Butler and John Richardson for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

Best Art Direction - Stuart Craig (Production Design) and Stephenie McMillan (Set Decoration) for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2"

Best Costume Design - Sandy Powell for "Hugo"

Victoria Beckham arrives at a reception to honour the British Nominees of the 84th Annual Academy Awards, held at the British Consul General's Residence in Los Angeles, California.PA
British writer Nick Hornby, right, an Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay for "An Education," poses with cast member Carey Mulligan, an Academy Award nominee for Best ActressPA
Janet McTeer poses at the GREAT Campaign British film reception to honor the British Oscar nominees in Los AngelesReuters
Kenneth Branagh who is nominated for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the Oscars.PA
Gary Oldman is nominated for the Best Actor in a Supporting Role for the Oscars.Reuters